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In contrast with older generations, many Americans these days are waiting until their 30s or even later to get married. The story is different, though, with military members.

Consider these statistics from the U.S. Department of Defense Demographics Report:

  • Of all active-duty service members, about 43 percent are aged 25 or younger.
  • About 23 percent are between the ages of 26 and 30.
  • And slightly more than 56 percent of active-duty members are married.

Out of all the military branches, the Army has the highest percentage of married service members — at nearly 60 percent.

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While Texas law is fairly broad when it comes to who can adopt a child, the many issues related to adoption are often complex, and there are procedural requirements that must be met in order to finalize the adoption.

Here are some things you may not know about the rules for adoption in Texas.

1. Generally, if the child is age 12 or older, then the child must consent to the adoption.

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Whether it's where you live or where your child or ex-spouse lives, place of residency is an important issue in divorce and child custody cases.

In fact, before a married couple can get divorced in Texas, at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for the past six months. The same spouse must also have resided for the preceding 90 days in the county where the divorce petition was filed.

Important to note: a nonresident spouse can still file for divorce in Texas if the other spouse meets the residency requirements.

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How your marital property is divided at divorce will affect your financial future for years to come. If you or your spouse owns a business in Texas, then the division of community property may be particularly complex. Following are three things to do if your divorce involves a business.

1. Obtain an accurate and comprehensive valuation.

Not fully accounting for the health of your business and its ability to provide future income can have a detrimental impact on your divorce settlement. The valuation of a business should account not only for tangible assets and debts, but also for the intangible value of the business' reputation and brand.

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